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This philosophical presentation uses Sara Ahmed's writings on how our habits and routines make up the "flow of life to explore one of the most time-consuming habits that people take part in: our technology and social media usage. Analyzing this habit leads us to understand what future it orients us towards; that being the archive and the image. Using Roberto Simanoski's book "Waste," this analysis of the archive leads us to conclude that our media usage causes us to view life as without character and meaning and thus, as boring. Jeremy Weissman adds to this exploration of the archive, revealing that the censorship inherent in it also causes us to dull ourselves into acceptable modes of being and again, become boring. Turning to the analysis of the image, Neil Postman and Weissman show us that images present the world and others as flat and without character which causes us to perceive the world itself as boring and meaningless. Byung-Chul Han's work presents us with a possible solution: by disconnecting from the meaningless scroll of life as found in our devices, we can sit with our boredom and learn to perceive the world in new ways and thus recreate ourselves.

Conducted in Philosophy 331: Contemporary European Philosophy with Dr. Stone.

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Grand Forks, ND




Presented at the Spring 2023 UNDergraduate Showcase in Grand Forks, ND, May 4, 2023.

The Revolutionary Power of Boredom

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